Monday, June 28, 2010

What does the Supreme Court Ruling Mean?

What does the Supreme Court Ruling Mean?

- Some states and cities, New York comes to mind, require you to justify owning a handgun. A local police chief or judge can deny your request for a permit, in many instances without giving cause.

With the Supreme Court ruling you no longer have to justify to an official the reason you want a permit. They will have to issue you a permit unless you have a criminal record or have mental problems. A person Dishonorable Discharged from the service is still not allowed to own a firearm, nor are those with a misdemeanor spouse abuse conviction.

- You will not be required to secure your firearms in the home, as they must be immediately available for self defense.

States/Cities can Implement Reasonable Firearm Laws

- States/Cities will not be required to issue concealed carry permits.

- States/Cities can still restrict firearms from schools and such.

- You can be required to register all firearms.

- You can be required to attend firearm safety classes.

- You can be required to have insurance coverage.

- You can be required to report stolen firearms.

- Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines can be banned.

States and Cities will push the meaning of RESONABLE. A yearly firearms safety course requirement may be deemed reasonable, but not a requirement to take a class every three months. A $250 cost for a permit may be deemed reasonable, but not $2,500. Such cases will surely have a day in court.

I suggest you keep an eye on Chicago. See what they consider reasonable when they get finished rewriting there gun laws. You may not agree, you may even get a bit upset. Don't be surprised to find that a person with a handgun permit can only carry to the range.

States and cities will hope for a change in the makeup of the Supreme Court in the next two or three years so there version of RESONABLE passes mustard.

A good read...

But for a landmark, this one will have remarkably little impact. The Courts are likely to uphold the vast majority of gun control laws currently on the books.

A lucky weekend shooting clays

A 96 in 28 gauge gave me B2 at the Quebec Skeet Championships on Saturday and a 76 won me C-1 at the F.N. Sports Sporting Clays Fun Shoot at L'Acadie on Sunday.

Saturday at Valleyfield saw rain threatening throughout the AM, gray skies throughout the day. Cool, staying in the 60's.

Nothing to brag about shooting the 12 gauge event in the AM. I had problems at station 4 throughout the event. I did get to shoot off the clubs new PAT Trap skeet machines on field #2. The machine was a little noisy when at the low house on the first round, but going around on the second round I didn't notice. Other then being a little noisy the machines throw a great target. Very easy to adjust left/right and up/down. Can be accomplished in seconds without any tools.

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Sunday saw sun at the beginning of the day and the temperature hitting 80 degrees. It started to get overcast late in the day.

I dropped three rabbits at one station. They were close in and it may have been wiser to install a more open choke on the bottom barrel. I smashed the longer targets at the station using LM choke. Ten stations at the shoot, with a minimum of three machines at each station. Three report repairs and two doubles.

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Going into the weekend I received a check from the Vermont State Trap Shoot from the previous week. I hit a Lewis Class. Bill Price who I had shot with also hit a Lewis. When we were standing in line to register we had discussed if we should play the Lewis. I guess we both made the correct decision.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

US Customs Targets Canadian Shooters @ BC Peace Arch and Pacific Hwy Crossings

Received via email...

I thought that your readership should be aware of new developments at the BC Peace Arch and Pacific Hwy crossings. I am a Canadian citizen and a member of the Custer Sportsmen’s Club in Custer, Washington. For the past 3 years, I have used a Form 6NIA and Alaskan State hunting license to enter the US to attend club shooting matches or just practice.

I recently arrived at the Peace Arch border crossing early one morning, upon presenting my documentation (Passport, FORM 6 NIA from the BATF and an Alaskan State hunting license) the officer at the curb side kiosk asked me if I had a signed letter of invitation to a sporting event– I did not. He then sent me inside to be lectured by a separate officer. After having respectfully stated my position, the officer said he was going to speak with his supervisor to see what they were going to do with me (allow me in or send me home). I did not hear or see the conversation with the supervisor, but was sent home because my goods (guns and bullets) were inadmissible. I have always told US Customs whether I was going to a match or to practice at Custer Sportsmen’s Club and never had any problems whatsoever.

The inside custom’s officer did state the opinion that, “Canada has gun ranges and that I did not need to practice in the US” (probably the view of his supervisor). On leaving, I ran into a different officer that had let me enter previously, he was friendly and surprised to learn from the officer following me (to direct me out of the county) that I was not allowed entry and said he was not aware of this rule.

I have since spoken with one of Custer’s directors and apparently US Customs has been consistently turning away Canadian shooters for the past month unless they have a letter of invitation to shoot at a match.

This change in policy is apparently the result of one over-zealous low level officer that has the support of his supervisors. Further, he has been successful in getting his interpretation of the law applied consistently across both the Peace Arch and Pacific Hwy crossings (maybe others?). Unbelievably, US Customs has even turned away an off-duty CBSA officer who is a club member and was going to practice.


From the ATF Website...

Q: I am a nonimmigrant alien and come to the United States for multiple competitive target shooting events each year. Do I need to file a new Form 6 NIA application for each event?

No. When you apply for your import permit, you should attach your invitations/registrations to all the events you will be attending during the next 12 months. These will be attached to your approved permit. The import permit you receive will authorize you to bring in the firearms and ammunition listed on the permit repeatedly for 12 months after the date the permit is approved, as long as the invitations/registrations attached to the permit are for future events.

If you do not expect to have invitations/registrations for future competitions until shortly before the competitions, you may want to rely on the hunting license exception to the nonimmigrant alien prohibition. If you attach a hunting license to your application, you will be able to bring in the firearms and ammunition listed on the permit repeatedly for 12 months after the date the permit is approved, as long as you have a valid State hunting license to present to the Customs and Border Protection Inspector at the time of entry.

You may rely on this exception even though you are coming to the United States for competitive shooting events, and not to hunt.

Note: The hunting license option also allows for visits to clubs for practice and is also used by most snowbirds who visit for extended periods in the winter.

I advise you inform the ATF Firearms Branch via FAX of the problem your having and what you were told. Give it a day or two and follow up with a telephone call the next day and ask to speak to a supervisor in regard to your problem with crossing the border. Hopefully, it will be resolved in your favor.

Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch
244 Needy Road
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25405

Phone: (304) 616-4550
NIA Fax: (304) 616-4554


I've been informed the ATF Firearms Branch is being notified.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Trap Shooting Featuring Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams participates in adaptive shooting using an HQ100 mount at the Durham County Wildlife Club in Morrisville, NC on April 27, 2010.

YouTube for Clay Target Shooters

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

NRA Sells Out Free Speech Rights

I agree 100%!

Without NRA support the bill did not have a chance of passing.

Sometimes you have to do what is right for America, not special interest...

NRA Sells Out Free Speech Rights For Special Favor

NRA Blasted Carve-Outs, Now Accepts Carve-Out Just For NRA

Washington, D.C., June 15, 2010 – Freedom Action criticized the National Rifle Association today for dropping its opposition to the DISCLOSE Act, after being given a special exemption by the House Democratic leadership that would apply only to the NRA.

The DISCLOSE Act is designed to undo key parts of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The Court ruled that provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation that prohibited corporations, including non-profit 501C4s such as the NRA and Freedom Action, from exercising their first amendment free speech rights in political campaigns were unconstitutional. The DISCLOSE Act would require advocacy groups engaged in election-related activities, but not trade unions, to disclose their donors in a number of ways.

Under the deal the NRA made with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the NRA would now, along with trade unions, be exempt from the disclosure requirements. In return, the NRA has agreed to not oppose passage of the bill.

The NRA’s special deal for itself directly contradicts the statement made by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre hailing the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case. We have added corrections in brackets to Mr. LaPierre’s statement:
This ruling is a victory for anyone who believes that the First Amendment applies to each and every one of us [as long as he or she is a member of the NRA]. The majesty of free speech is that any American [as long as he or she is a member of the NRA] can roll out of bed and speak as freely as The New York Times, NBC or politicians. This is a defeat for arrogant elitists [except for the NRA] who wanted to carve out free speech as a privilege for themselves [as the NRA has done in our special deal with Speaker Pelosi] and deny it to the rest of us [as the NRA wants to deny it to everyone who isn’t a member of NRA]; and for those who believed that speech had a dollar value and should be treated and regulated like currency, and not a freedom. Today’s decision reaffirms that the Bill of Rights was written for every American [who is a member of the NRA] and it will amplify the voice of average citizens who want their voices heard [as long as they are members of the NRA].” (
Myron Ebell, Director of Freedom Action, sharply criticized the NRA’s sell-out.

“The NRA has proved itself to be part of the ‘arrogant elite’ it denounced just a few months ago,” said Ebell. “Unfortunately, the only conclusion is that Mr. LaPierre is a hypocrite and the NRA is just another powerful special interest seeking special treatment.

“The new word from the NRA is, it’s OK to deny free speech to Americans as long as the NRA gets a carve out,” Ebell said. “Groups from every part of the political spectrum should vehemently oppose this plan that will chill free speech and participation in American elections.”

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Browning Top Lever Spring Replacement

My wife was having an on and off problem opening her Browning Citori O/U. The unlocking lever would not always move easily to the right unless you used a bit of force.

I took off the stock found the Top Lever Spring to be in rough shape. I replaced the spring ($6.99).

The spring placement is a bit odd, but all you need is to remove one screw to replace the spring. If you have a digital camera take a photo before you remove any parts. Nothing like having a photo to look at when it's time to reassemble.

She also a had a couple of lower barrel misfires a few weeks back. I pulled the lower Hammer Spring and checked the firing pin.

You need a special tool to remove and replace the hammer spring. I use a device the size of a screw driver with a "V" notched in the end. I place the receiver in a vice.

The firing pin looked good but there was a bunch of crud where the firing pin sits. Matter of fact it was so bad the firing pin spring did not pop out until after I poked around. I did a cleaning and replaced the lower firing pin spring ($5.99) and the Hammer Spring ($6.99). The upper firing pin does not have a spring.

At the range on Saturday the gun opened without problem and no failures to fire.

Monday, June 07, 2010

June Sporting Clays Shoot @ La Roue du Roy

I recorded the sporting clays shoot held at the La Roue du Roy in Hemmingford, Quebec this past Sunday.

A rainy and cool day, only in the 50's. The rain let up for a short bit during the PM rotation, but relief was short lived as the rains returned, at times much heavier then seen in the AM.

A rough day trying to keep the camera lens dry, especially after the winds kicked up in the afternoon.

I've taken better photos but trying to hold an umbrella and keeping the camera steady was at times a challenge.

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